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    3 helix's ?? That's a lot of helixing !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    This is Amtrak's Pioneer route. I guess what I'm modeling is the Pioneer from the South heading into Spokane.
    Not quite. The Empire Builder splits at Spokane, with one section then running to Seattle and the other to Portland via BN/BNSF. Amtrak's Pioneer ran on UP's track to Portland, then to Seattle; the service was discontinued in the late 1990s. The Pioneer did not serve Spokane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ike the BN Freak View Post
    The layout looks to be mostly west of Spokane anyways.
    Yup, it is... Eastern Washington... hence The Spokane & Eastern Washington...

    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    3 helix's ?? That's a lot of helixing !

    Nope... you missed one... there are four helices, at the western/southern/bottom end of the layout under the McNary dam, there is a helix inside of a helix, they will turn in opposite directions, so definitely two helices, not one. I believe I can pull this off, but this is one of the main reasons why I have considered placing my staging above the workbench instead of having helices to staging beneath the layout. There was some discussion about that topic here.


    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Not quite. The Empire Builder splits at Spokane, with one section then running to Seattle and the other to Portland via BN/BNSF. Amtrak's Pioneer ran on UP's track to Portland, then to Seattle; the service was discontinued in the late 1990s. The Pioneer did not serve Spokane.
    Wow... a quick google search and I can see you are quite correct about that. I'm almost 100% certain that the information (misinformation?) that I had was from either Amtrak or Trains magazine though. I'm wondering perhaps if I saw a photo of a rerouted Amtrak Pioneer that was coming from Spokane to Portland and was a photo of an exception and not the norm. It was at least a couple of years ago that I came across the article, photo, or whatever it was that lead me to believe that they called the train from Spokane to Portland the Pioneer. I actually think it was a 1991 issue of Trains magazine, not sure which month, which I currently have in a storage unit so I have no way of checking. Anyway, it doesn't really matter what the train is called, it wont affect how I run it on my layout.

    Thanks everyone for your input! More to come later...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    Yup, it is... Eastern Washington... hence The Spokane & Eastern Washington...
    Ummm yeah, anyways, pretty sure I know where Spokane is...

    But what I was saying is the layout is looking to be located west of Spokane, not modeling it.

    And if so, UP and BNSF meet in Spokane.

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    Time for an update!! I know they are few and far between, but right now, I haven't a lot of time to devote to model railroading as you'll see below.





    I wanted to post an updated picture of my train room!





    Check it out!!!













    Our guesstimated closing date is Dec 19th, so right before Christmas!
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    Christmas will be here before you know it. And you already know what your present is. You can spend a lot of time designing the layout now that you know the dimensions.

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    Lots of space! But I hope you got a discount on that, what with the missing roof and all. Still, that'll make natural light photos a load easier...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PW&NJ View Post
    Lots of space! But I hope you got a discount on that, what with the missing roof and all. Still, that'll make natural light photos a load easier...

    Plus, it'll be easier to expand the layout once I've outgrown it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Whiteman View Post
    You can spend a lot of time designing the layout now that you know the dimensions.
    Look at the previous posts... planning began way back in April or May.

    It's absolutely astounding how fast they can build a house. Sunday the house was nothing but a foundation. We just got back tonight (Thursday) from driving past it again and they've already got the second story framing and sheathing done. The photo above was taken on Tuesday.
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    What is up with those 2 x 4 studs,, They look like a bunch of sections glued together... Or are my eye's a little to old?

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    Looks nice, but wow you are packed in there. There is no way I could fit trough a 2’ opening without knocking something off. I tried to squeeze a layout into a tight space like that but had to change plans mid stream.
    How high is your table going to be?
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    Well, it seems like it took forever, but the house is built and we moved in about 2 1/2 weeks ago. We still haven't finished settling in, but we're settled enough that I started this...



    I'm replacing the carpet in the train room with interlocking foam tiles. I found the tiles at Big Lots (a discount store) and they were on clearance and 30% off. I got enough tiles to do the whole train room for about $120 which includes extras in case I ever need to replace a few tiles due to stains, cuts and tears. Next, I'll start building my work bench (not benchwork). I've got some christmas money left over, so I may go buy the lumber for that today or tomorrow. We still have a lot of unpacking to do because we still have two storage spaces with stuff in it, so it might be a while until I get going on that, but I feel good about getting this flooring going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    Well, it seems like it took forever, but the house is built and we moved in about 2 1/2 weeks ago.
    Congratulations!

    Replacing carpet in a new house? Gee, I'm preparing to put carpet in an old house (unfinished room) - Can I have your carpet? Wait, Tri-Cities is too far away to get carpet...
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    Well, I couldn't be much more excited... I got half of my work bench built today. I need to add some more cross members, a couple of shelves, and fix the top to the frame, plus paint it (maybe). Too bad I have to work tomorrow. Stupid work.

    The work bench will be 2' x 7', plus a 2' x 2' section for an airbrush booth. I'll get some pics up when it's built. I'm just really glad to actually be making some progress.
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    Well, the work bench is pretty much done. There is a gap between the work bench and the wall, but this will be hidden by a piece of perforated masonite (peg board) in due time. So, I bet you all would like to see a photo! Here it is:

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    The photo isn't very good because I took it with my tablet's camera, but you get the idea. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It is EXTREMELY sturdy. I can jump on it and it doesn't move.
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    I've been dabling here and there in the train room. Got some of those plastic drawer bins and permanently attached them along the back of the work bench. Plus I added this...


    Soon (tomorrow perhaps) I'll begin building my stand for my airbrush booth.
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    I've had some progress done on my layout room workbench area for a little over a month now, but first I was out of town on vacation then I ended up suffering from a pinched nerve in my back and I've been laid up for over three weeks now. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to sit a whole lot, so even with all of the down time I haven't been able to do any model train stuff. However, I am slowly getting better and managed to get some photos of my progress yesterday and today (obviously) I'm getting those photos posted.

    Here's the first photo which is an overall shot of my modeling area:


    Followed by this photo below of my airbrush booth installed. This is a Paasche HSSB-30-16. The switches at the right of the booth opening, between the booth and compressor, turn on the booth fan and booth light. There will be bench work and track above the booth, but to what extent I have not quite decided yet. Here is the photo:


    Where else would I store my paints but in a drawer under the airbrush booth... ? Of course, I wanted the drawer to be large, so... take a look at the photo below to see how small a 3 oz. bottle (the big bottle they made) of Pollyscale paint looks all by itself.


    These will likely be the last photos I post of the workbench as I'm planning to start using it soon and it may never be "presentable" after that. Work on the bench is not completed however. I still want to add more storage on the right side, in particular above the shelf that already exists. This area will be blocked by the door to the room when it is open, so it seems only logically to cram as much storage in it as I possibly can. I have not had the time and resources yet to put the storage in, but all in good time.
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    I just drooled all over myself. well done! Hell of a bench sir!
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    Too clean. Hopefully your back recovers fully in a short period of time and you can start getting some extended use. Make it untidy please!
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    That is a very nice work space.

    I can identify with the "unpresentable" work space once it is use, but my father always said "a cluttered desk is the sign of a superior memory." Not sure my mother would agree with that though.

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